Dana Holding Corporation’s Victor Reinz multi-layer steel (MLS) transmission separator plate was selected as one of the 36 finalists for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards. The innovative plates improve sealing, efficiency and durability for advanced multi-speed, dual-clutch and continuously variable transmissions.
Dana’s proprietary MLS transmission separator plates replace traditional single-layer valve body plates that use paper gaskets and have limited sealing capability. The Dana solution is capable of withstanding three times the sealing pressure of traditional plates. By leveraging its expertise in MLS cylinder-head gasket technology, Dana was able to develop a new, more durable product that optimises channel paths and smaller valve bodies through the reduction of fasteners that can interfere with desired flow paths.
“Our engineers are continuously working to develop solutions to industry challenges, and these plates substantially improve transmission sealing, enabling our customers to optimise their vehicle designs with high-performance transmissions”, said Dwayne Matthews, president of the Dana Power Technologies Group. “This is Dana’s fourth consecutive year to be selected as a PACE Awards finalist, and we are proud to find our name consistently mentioned among the top suppliers of innovative vehicular technologies.”
The MLS transmission separator plates were developed at Dana’s technical centre in Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, Germany, and are produced there for customers such as Volkswagen.